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10 tips to prevent and treat a urinary tract

1. Beware of cystitis!

When talking about cystitis to a girl, the first word that often comes to her is “ouch”! It’s true that a urinary tract infection of this kind is really anything but pleasant… And for good reason: when you have cystitis,  you really want to go to the toilet every 2 minutes; but when you are there, you can only urinate a few drops … and very painfully more: urination (scientific term for peeing) is extremely painful with very intense burning sensations, which are sometimes accompanied by bleeding.

But where does cystitis come from? Most often, from a bacterium which has developed in our urinary tract  and which has succeeded in infecting our urethra and our bladder… Aouch.

When talking about cystitis to a girl, the first word that often comes to her is “ouch”! It’s true that a urinary tract infection of this kind is really anything but pleasant… And for good reason: when you have cystitis, you really want to go to the toilet every 2 minutes; but when you are there, you can only urinate a few drops … and very painfully more: urination (scientific term for peeing) is extremely painful with very intense burning sensations, which are sometimes accompanied by bleeding.

But where does cystitis come from? Most often, from a bacterium which has developed in our urinary tract and which has succeeded in infecting our urethra and our bladder… Aouch.

Fortunately, urinary tract infections are rarely serious, and there are many tips to avoid them, and if necessary, to treat them…

2. Do not refrain from going to the bathroom

When you are prone to repeated urinary tract infections, there is a reflex that you absolutely must take: that of going to pee regularly! Yes: it is only by going to the toilet that we can evacuate toxins and everything that is in our bladder. This is why it is very important to pee throughout the day, once every 3-4 hours or so.

On the other hand, a bad habit to banish immediately when you often catch urinary tract infections: refrain from going to the toilet when you want to urinate. That is very bad.

3.Long live the cranberry juice

Women who often have cystitis know it well: cranberry (or cranberry) is a small red berry that is very effective in preventing urinary tract infections.

But why in fact? Well, quite simply because like all its friends, the red fruits, the cranberry has a very high content of flavonoids , antioxidants which prevent the bacteria responsible for urinary tract infections (Escherichia Coli, not to name them) from attaching themselves to the bladder walls.

This is why women who suffer from recurrent cystitis should not hesitate to drink pure cranberry juice regularly, or to consume tablets that contain solid cranberry extract.

4. Stay hydrated regularly and enough

We know it well: for our health, it is very important to drink at least 1.5 to 2 L of water per day , every day. And this is all the more true when you are used to suffering from urinary tract infections several times a year.

Indeed, the more we hydrate, the less our urine will be concentrated in toxins and bacteria… which we will eliminate very quickly in addition, since our bladder will be emptied regularly! Good hydration is therefore an excellent way to limit the risk of infection!

As such, diuretic herbal teas (orthosiphon, nettle, cherry tail, ash, meadowsweet, etc.) can be good allies to encourage us to eliminate and go pee more often!

This is also why in summer, cystitis is more common in girls: as we eliminate more water through perspiration, we tend to urinate less…

5. Impeccable intimate hygiene

It is logical: if we want to prevent bacteria from developing in our intimate flora, it is better to take care of it. Which implies :

  • To wash your private parts every day , of course, but not too much, so as not to attack the vaginal flora which protects against bacteria and germs.
  • Not to use a product that is too acidic which could attack the mucous membranes, and make them more sensitive… but if possible a shower gel specially designed for intimate hygiene: paraben-free, soap-free, hypoallergenic, with a pH that respects that of the intimate zone (between 5 and 7).
  • Regularly change tampons or sanitary napkins during menstruation.

6.Pamper your transit

We often ignore it, but the risks of catching a urinary tract infection are dangerously increased when you suffer from constipation. Yes: the stools that stagnate in our colon can give rise to a significant development of bacteria, which will not hesitate to go and see, settle and proliferate on the side of our urinary walls. Pretty cool, isn’t it?!

So to prevent cystitis, it is therefore important to boost our transit when it plays lazy. Focus on fiber, good hydration, a diet rich in green vegetables and probiotics, belly massages, and everything you need to avoid being constipated!

 7.No tight clothes

Unfortunately for our wardrobe, slim jeans, tight-fitting and.or synthetic clothing or underwear are not the best allies of our intimate flora.

Indeed, when we lock ourselves in clothes that do not let us breathe, the rate of humidity and maceration is often high . And who says humidity and maceration obviously says proliferation of bacteria!

So ok to wear tight clothes, but not 7 days a week! And from time to time, wearing good old cotton granny panties is also perfect, and much more hygienic than ultra-tight lycra briefs.

8.Full of vitamin C

Consuming fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C is good for your health! And not only because vitamin C gives us the energy and allows us to fill up with vitality…

Yes: vitamin C also has the effect of making our urine slightly more acidic, which will help neutralize and eliminate the germs and microbes that are there.

So if you are prone to repeated cystitis, stock up on lemons, oranges, grapefruits and citrus fruits, without forgetting kiwi, peppers, or even cabbage and broccoli!

9. Know the right gestures

Here is a very simple gesture, but one that must be taught to all little girls from an early age so that they subsequently avoid developing urinary tract infections: when you go to the toilet, above all, you wipe yourself well. front to back, not back to front.

Otherwise, we risk bringing germs and bacteria back to the urethra , which could create a breeding ground for the development of cystitis!

And of course, afterwards, we always wash our hands with soap and water!

10. Go see the doctor

Rest assured: most often, cystitis are benign pathologies! When you have all the symptoms of a urinary tract infection (painful urination, bleeding, frequent urges to urinate), you should not hesitate to consult: our doctor will prescribe an antibiotic treatment and in one day, our cystitis will only be a bad memory.

But beware: even if you’re not a big fan of visits to the doctor, it’s important to go there, and not let your cystitis drag on!

Because if we don’t treat our urinary tract infection, we run the risk of seeing the germs migrate from the bladder to the kidneys … and there, the consequences can be more serious, so there’s no question of putting yourself in danger!

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